A KEIGHLEY charity has received money from a West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) fund to help increase community cohesion.

The Good Shepherd Centre, in West Lane, received £1,245 from the Safer Communities Fund fund to assist with its “Safe Learning” project.

The centre provides health, education and social justice support to people who are newly arrived in Keighley from other countries.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s PCC, visited the project this month. He said: “Community cohesion is a priority in my Police and Crime Plan and something that really impacts on feelings of safety.

“This project offers valuable support to people who are often vulnerable and at risk of isolation.

"We're proud of our diverse communities here in West Yorkshire and I was pleased to be able to provide some funding to help this project continue its important work and meet some of the organisers and people involved.”

Good Shepherd Centre trustee John Finnerty said the money had enabled the purchase of security lights making the centre more attractive to visit after dark.

“The lights, together with CCTV provided by Keighley Town Council, have helped people feel safer when attending evening lessons and other activities,” he said.

People can visit thegoodshepherdcentre.org.uk/ for more details about what the centre provides.